How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Setting Up Apple ID

Sometimes, your iPhone can get stuck on the setting up Apple ID screen. If this happens, you cannot proceed with the setup process and as a result, you cannot use the phone. This guide teaches several ways to get your iPhone out of the stuck mode.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 19, 2020

Apple provides you with a really easy way to set up your new iOS device. If you have bought a new iPhone, you can simply boot it up and follow the on-screen process to set up your new device. However, sometimes users experience issues setting up their device. Your iPhone could get stuck, and it may say it will only take a few minutes to set up your Apple ID but it can go on forever.

If you are frustrated by not being able to properly set up your device, you might want to find some ways to fix the issue so you can use your phone. Luckily, there are several ways to get around this issue on your iOS-based device. The following guide describes those methods and tells you how you can implement them.

iPhone Stuck on it may Take a few Minutes to Set Up your Apple ID

iPhone Stuck on it may Take a few Minutes to Set Up your Apple ID

Once you have performed these methods, you should be able to set up your new iPhone without any issues.

Part 1. How Long Should Setting Up Apple ID Take

Setting up a new iPhone is extremely easy, thanks to Apple for making the process so efficient. Whether you have ever set up a new iOS device or you have not, you can still set up your new iPhone in a few easy taps. Setting up an iPhone should take no more than a few minutes provided you are not restoring any backups on your phone.

If you are restoring an iTunes backup or files stored in iCloud backups, the setup process could take a bit longer as it needs to fetch the files from your computer or iCloud and restore them on your device.

The following briefly shows how you can set up a new iPhone.

Step 1. Turn on your shiny new iPhone and select a language that you want to use.

Select iPhone Language

Select iPhone Language

Step 2. Unless you want to transfer data from another iPhone, tap on the option that says Set Up Manually.

Manually Set Up iPhone

Manually Set Up iPhone

Step 3. Connect your iPhone to your WiFi network by selecting a network from the list.

Join a WiFi Network on the iPhone

Join a WiFi Network on the iPhone

Step 4. Your iPhone will then ask you to set up a security option like Face ID or a passcode.

Add a Security Option to the iPhone

Add a Security Option to the iPhone

Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions and your iPhone will be set up.

The iPhone setup process basically only involves turning on certain features and then your phone is setup and ready to use.

Part 2. How to Fix when iPhone Stuck on Setting Up Apple ID

If your iPhone gets stuck on the setting up Apple ID despite following the standard setup process, there may be an underlying issue causing your phone to get stuck. The following are some of the fixes that you can apply to your phone and see if your issue gets resolved.

Tip 1. Try to Restart iPhone First

No matter what error or issue you experience on your iPhone, the first thing you should do is to reboot your device. Rebooting your iPhone is actually a magical process in many ways. It clears up the temporary files and configurations on your phone. This gives your phone a chance to clear any problematic files that may be causing issues with the setup process.

Also, rebooting an iPhone is a pretty basic process. It does not harm your device in any way you can do that by just pressing a button on your phone. The following shows how to restart various models of the iPhone.

Restart an iPhone X or 11

Press and hold down either Volume button and Side button, drag the slider, and your phone will turn off. Press and hold down the Side button to turn your phone back on.

Restart iPhone X or Later Models

Restart iPhone X or Later Models

Restart an iPhone SE, 8, 7, 6, or earlier

Press and hold down the Side button, drag the slider, and your phone will be off. Press and hold down the Side/Top button again to power on your phone.

Restart iPhone 8 or Earlier Models

Restart iPhone 8 or Earlier Models

Tip 2. Remove and Reinsert SIM Card

When you boot-up your iPhone, one of the things that your device does is to detect your SIM card. This SIM card is how your phone gets network signals and is able to perform network tasks like making calls and receiving messages. This needs a working and properly inserted SIM card.

If you are new to the iPhone and you have never used one before, you might need some assistance on setting up a new SIM card on your phone. This is important because if your SIM card is not properly inserted, your iPhone will not recognize it. As a result, your device could get stuck on the setting up Apple ID screen and will not move past that.

Eject and Put Back the SIM Card into the iPhone

Eject and Put Back the SIM Card into the iPhone

The best way to fix this issue is to remove and reinsert the SIM card into your iPhone. You can do that as follows.

Step 1. Turn off your iPhone.

Step 2. Pull out the SIM card tray from your iPhone.

Step 3. Remove the SIM card from the tray.

Step 4. Put the SIM card back onto the tray.

Step 5. Slide the tray back into your iPhone.

Turn on your iPhone and it should let you proceed with the setup process.

Tip 3. AnyFix can Fix iPhone Stuck on Setting Up Apple ID

If the basic methods mentioned above did not fix the issue on your iPhone and your iPhone is still stuck on the setting up Apple ID screen, you may need to use a more advanced method to get rid of the issue from your device. There are actually various apps available to fix issues on your iPhone.

One of these apps is AnyFix and it allows you to fix almost all kinds of errors and issues on your iOS-based devices. With this tool installed on your computer, you can have peace of mind as it resolves nearly all issues on your iPhone. You can use the app’s system repair feature which goes deep down into your phone’s core software and fixes it for you.

You can use the app to get rid of the setup process issue and the following shows how to do that.

Step 1. Download the AnyFix for your Windows or Mac computer and install it.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer, launch the app, and click on System Repair.

Tap on System Repair

Tap on System Repair

Step 3. Select Start Now on the following screen to begin fixing your iPhone.

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Step 4. Choose a repair mode to fix your device.

Choose One Repair Mode

Choose One Repair Mode

Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions and your iPhone will eventually be fixed.

Repair Completed Page

Repair Completed Page

There you go. You should now be able to set up your new iPhone without any issues.

Tip 4. Force Restart iPhone

You can force restart your iPhone to try and fix the issue if the normal restart did not work for you. Force restart basically forces the iOS operating system on your phone to turn off. It then instructs it to turn back on again.

Try to Hard Reset iPhone

Try to Hard Reset iPhone

You can force reboot most models of the iPhone by pressing and holding down the Home and Power buttons at the same time. When your phone reboots, you can try setting it up and it should work this time around without any issues.

Part 3. Move Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone without Apple ID

If you want to sync data from the old iPhone to your new iPhone at any time, AnyTrans is here to help you with ease. It can migrate data from Android or iOS devices to the new iPhone. Now, you can get the latest version of AnyTrans and use Phone Switcher to set up your new iPhone.

Go to Phone Switcher and Choose Phone to iPhone

Go to Phone Switcher and Choose Phone to iPhone

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

The Bottom Line

If your iPhone ever gets stuck on the setting up Apple ID screen, you now know what to do to fix that issue and successfully set up your device. This issue is actually much easier to fix than you think and we hope our guide above helps you do that.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.